State beaches in India shutdowns again as virus cases surge nearly 32,700.

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New Delhi, India — The popular western beach state of Goa that was reopened two weeks ago for tourists has to be shutdown again as the nation is forced a new lockdown due to another surge of 32,695 Covid-19 cases on Thursday.

Along with these new confirmed cases, the new confirmed cases of India has now reached to a total of 968,876. The Health Ministry also reported a record number of 606 deaths over the 24 hours, taking the death toll to 24,915. The ministry said the recovery rate was continuing to improve at 63%.

However, due to a number of reasons including limited testing, the actual number of confirmed cases are thought to be far higher.

The Indian Medical Association, a voluntary organization of Indian doctors said the fatality rate among doctors was 7.6%, much high than the national average of about 2.5%.

Goa state’s top elected official, Pramod Sawant said that people were flouting social distancing norms and nearly 40,000 people were fined 100 rupees ($1.3) each in the past two weeks for not wearing face masks.